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Richard John Bloss

Richard John Bloss passed away peacefully in his home in Evanston, Illinois on March 21, 2020.

He is survived by his wife, Susan of 51 years; sons, Richard (Laura) and Jonathan (Anna); grandchildren, Joseph, James, Emily, Julia and Nicky; nephew, Harlow Waite of Poughkeepsie, NY; and niece, Patricia Stafford of Hampstead, NC; grand uncle to many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brother, Joseph Bloss; sisters, Velma Franke, Mary Mosconi and Sophie Elzenbeck; nephews, David Elzenbeck and Roger Elzenbeck of Gloversville, NY.

Richard was born in Johnstown, NY on September 19, 1922, son of Clementina and Augustine Bloss. After high school, he enlisted in the Army and served with the Sixth Army in the Philippines and South Pacific during World War II, rising to the rank of First Sergeant and receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious conduct. After his military service, he attended Rider College, graduating cum laude in 1949, then obtained his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951 and Doctorate in 1959. He went on to teach Political Science at Rider College, Eastern Illinois University and Chicago State University, where he taught for 26 years serving as chairman of the Department of Political Science and Ecomonics.

He was a member of the American Political Science Association and the Association of University Professors. Richard was an avid reader and letter writer, corresponding with friends around the world. He loved playing golf, often traveling to Wisconsin and Myrtle Beach with his sons. He had the opportunity to visit St. Andrews with his nephew, Harlow and scored a hole-in-one on a trip to Florida. He was very active in local politics for the Democratic party, serving for decades as precinct captain in Evanston. More recently, he enjoyed gardening and visiting with his grandchildren. He was a kind and generous person, making donations to countless charitable organizations. He will truly be missed by all.

There will be a memorial service held at a later date. Memorials may be made to The Sierra Club and the American Civil Liberties Union. For further information, please contact OehlerFuneralHome.com.